During my short time of being involved with Maisha I must admit, I am genuinely surprised and pleased to how open and honest the team are. They are so supportive, caring and passionate about their projects which is so endearing to see.
Helping out at Maisha was one of the highlights of my time in Kenya. The kids there are brilliant, they are all so enthusiastic and it’s clear that they love being at the school.
The dedication from everybody there amazed me, from the kids being so eager to learn, to the teachers and parents doing everything possible to aid them. The volunteers who have helped there have done an amazing job.
I have been sponsoring a young girl for 12 months now. I just light up when I get her letters. When I recently got a letter saying “she loves me a lot” I started crying happy tears.
It’s amazing that you can get so easily attached to a child you’ve never met, but it really happens. I almost feel guilty that I may be getting as much or more from this than she is! It also helps make me a better person and appreciate what I have.
When you sponsor one of these beautiful children, in the beginning you think you are doing them a favour. However, after a while you begin to realise that it’s him or her who is saving you. I set out to change their lives instead they changed mine.
I had such a fantastic time. It still is astonishing to me, how generally people in Kenya give so much, even though they have so little. Their generousity and hospitality among volunteers, is amazing.
I recommend everyone, who wants to do something different go, and explore Nakuru. Check out Maisha and its very friendly staff. Meet these great kids and make a difference.

Monday December 24th, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to remind us all that this is the season of goodwill and giving.

It is for this reason that Maisha Foundation has decided to relocate a family of 4 siblings, all of whom are current or past students from our sponsorship scheme, into their own brand new home outside of the slums to escape their turbulent lifestyles. We believe this will keep the younger siblings focused on their education where they are enjoying high scores across the board and allow the older siblings to focus on their working lives without having to worry about the safety of their younger siblings.

Their identities will remain confidential but to give you a very brief summary of their lives over the past couple of years:

- the eldest had the back of his head slashed by a panga (a sharp weapon). He was lucky to survive and be alive today.
- the girl was barbarically sexually assaulted (court case still pending with our full support).
- their mother abandoned them due to lack of funds to care for them and has refused any further contact with her children.
- their father, an extremely dangerous alcoholic who has shown no empathy or compassion to the above 3 events, also often stole money from the eldest two siblings to cover his addiction rather than buy food and pay rent. He has openly stated he doesn’t care about any of his children and wants them to leave.

During these years and to the present day, the two older siblings who are now of adult age have had to fill their parents' roles to protect the younger two siblings.

No family should have to experience any single one of these events, let alone all four in the space of a couple years. These siblings have truly had their hearts smashed into pieces time and time again, but not anymore. Enough is enough.

We have ensured their new home doesn’t affect where the students currently attend, it has 24/7 security, is situated in a new and safe neighbourhood and truly allows them to break free out of the poverty cycle of their lives.

We have always believed and always encouraged the community that only they can help themselves improve their lives and not wait for handouts. These siblings are a testament to this by their determination and passion to succeed and we cannot wait to see them mark the new chapter of their lives.

Merry Christmas everybody from Maisha Foundation
“Supporting others to support themselves”
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Monday August 13th, 2018

We have some sad news to share with you all today. The mother to one of our beautiful sponsored girls has sadly passed away from a life threatening illness this week. We attended the burial today.

We will ensure the primary school student (whose name is being kept confidential in this case) will receive the correct counselling and extra care to see her through this difficult time both in and out of school hours. We have also notified her sponsor of this who has expressed her love, sadness and condolences to the family.

Maisha Foundation are trying to seek funds to build a small medical clinic to help others suffering from life threatening diseases. To donate; please head to either our website, click the donate button on our Facebook page or text MSHA00 £XX (insert amount) to 70070.

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Wednesday August 8th, 2018

REPOST for those of you who didnt manage to see the previous video uploaded in July. We have now removed the backing track in our video highlights as this was blocked on Youtube.

We hope you enjoy watching our children having fun in the pool and playground. 😁

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYS9kEkyqjMPrevious video uploaded but now without the music
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Sunday July 1st, 2018

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Sunday July 1st, 2018

Happy Weekend to all our supporters!

As promised, please find a video highlighting the fun had by all our children on this years Jamhuri Day on the below link.

These children really do fill our hearts with love and joy. We hope the video also makes you smile. 😁

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHGDUgFIBM0Beautiful music by Diamond - African Queen
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Sunday June 24th, 2018

Please find just some of our (many) favourite photos from our day out with our children. It was a very busy and productive day where we treated all our sponsored students to new uniform and shoes followed by a day of swimming, food and drinks, finishing the day in the playground. Unfortunately the planned sports competition didnt take place so we hope to compete (and win!) next time round. A video of the children enjoying themselves will be uploaded later in the month. ... See MoreSee Less

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Such a shame facebook has muted the music over the slideshow, it was a lovely song

These are such lovely photos, thank you for sharing with us. The work done is amazing and so valuable for these children ❤️

Friday June 1st, 2018

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WAOO THIS IS GREAT

How I miss this

Friday April 13th, 2018

Apologies for the silence so far in 2018, we have however been very busy behind the scenes. We have built a temporary site house for a watchman and caretaker to provide 24/7 security to our plot and to live in.

We have also finished building a water storage unit which will cater for up to 12,000 litres of water which is pumped from the nearby river. This will cater for us to start farming to raise funds for future building.

This has taken a few more months than planned to prepare as we needed to plough and harrow the land, clear all the thorns and wild bushes covering the whole 6 acres and finish chain linking the full perimeter; heavy rains sadly thwarted our access to the plot. We will shortly also be constructing a security gate as a further measure of safety.

Our next step will be to plant our 50,000 tree seeds, create and maintain a vegetable patch and to grow and sell off grass.

Our sponsored children are continuing to do very well in their schools and we have had a second intake of our graduates joining universities, an absolutely fantastic and rewarding feeling. More news to come in May / June where we hope to also take our children out for another day full of fun!

We would like to finally thank every single one of you for your support and love and I would like to personally thank both Priscilla and Andrew for making all of this happen.
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Noble idea.... Would like to connect with you guys

Sunday December 24th, 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close with KCSE results released and Christmas festivities well underway, I would like to wish all our sponsors, children and colleagues a very happy Christmas. It has been another fantastic year working with you all and videos like this one makes it all worthwhile; when a child we have supported through their academic lives reaches the end of our programme.

We congratulate both Felix (in the video) and Kelvin for graduating high school with a B+ and wish them the very best for the next step they are about to embark upon. We will see you all and look forward to 2018.

Many thanks
Alun - Chairman

(Apologies for the poor quality of the video, technology is not my friend at the moment and isn't allowing me to blur out some of the background noise or add our logo to it!)
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congratulations to Felix and Kevin..welcome to the club of winners

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